Jim Gamble of course has been closely involved with the disappearance of Madeleine McCann from the very beginning. As Head of CEOP at the time his agency were among the first to fly out to PDL to offer their assistance. And in fact their profile of the likely abductor led to the naming of Robert Murat as an arguido and the seizing of his computer.
Mr. Gamble, as Champion of the parents, must I am sure, be familiar with every aspect of this case, yet as far as I know, he has never said specifically why he believes the former arguidos Gerry and Kate over the Portuguese Judiciary, other than they are not the kind of people who would commit a heinous crime. So strong is his belief, that he appeared alongside them on breakfast television, presenting age progressed pictures of Madeleine as a white girl or an Asian and appealing for people to come forward and grass on their friends and neighbours.
Turning to Martin Brunt, I have to say my heart went out to him when Brenda Leyland committed suicide. I don't think he ever wanted something like that to happen. But I just watched the documentary he made for the 10th anniversary, and he claims, and puts on a pretty good performance, of being genuinely baffled - despite the obvious being directly in front of his face. I am so glad my loss of faith in human nature was realised in the summer of 2007, because for Martin et al, it's going to be one hell of shock.
My heart will never go out to Carol Malone, the creature is evil personified, and I truly hope poor Brenda didn't read her 'fecked up bitch' column before she went to that lonely hotel room to end her life. Carol has good reason to fear the internet, not the trolls, but the hundreds of bloggers who are a zillion times more interesting and entertaining than she is. I'll pass on Lorraine Kelly. She makes me want to hit the white lightning.
Which brings us nicely to the big white elephant in the room, and the reason millions took to the internet when the British establishment absolved Gerry and Kate McCann on the basis that they were middle class professionals. Those of us who thought we were all equal now, especially with a New Labour government were given a dramatic wake up call. Because we all knew darn well, a family from a Council estate would never in a million years receive the kind of establishment support that was given to the parents of Madeleine.
And thus began the 'pro', 'anti', divide. The'pros', the supporters of the parents, empathised with the child minding difficulties of the hard working professionals, The 'antis' dossing on the sofa watching Jeremy Kyle despised them. Ergo, the 'antis' became the degenerate underclasses, whilst the 'pros' were elevated for their compassion and humanity. They forgave Gerry and Kate without question, they'd all been there.
The fact that Madeleine's disappearance became such a huge class issue shut discussion down. Any critic of the parents was immediately branded a low life and jealous. Their only reason for pointing out the facts in the police files was envy of Kate McCann's slender frame. This ridiculous ploy would get you beaten up in a playground, but in the real world, bizarrely it worked. Team McCann had won the media war. Critics of the parents were not only silenced, they were run out of town. Labelled haters and pitchforkers, no-one dared, even to this day, voice any suspicions about Gerry and Kate without incurring the wrath of the sanctimonious.
Arguably, they were aided and abetted by one Tony Bennett, the angry, ugly face of a far right group of unhinged extremists who were portrayed as representative of thousands of ordinary people who simply weren't buying the load of baloney people like Martin Brunt (why, Martin, why?) and the Sun newspaper were selling us.
Using the class issue was a good ploy, no-one wanted to be labelled a 'hater', or worse. A pleb. But the other big white elephant in the room, is the lengths that have been gone to, in order to cover up, or is it uncover? the mystery of Madeleine's disappearance. The glee with which the BBC will pounce on a blue collar hotel worker as a potential suspect, but never the nice doctors whose apartment had traces of cadaver odour and blood. They bend over backwards and sidewards like contortionists to avoid the bleeding obvious. Bizarre.
When you make a mistake how far are you prepared to continue with that mistake before admitting you were wrong? The answer to that question I think will come in early 2018, when I am sure the inordinate lengths some people have gone to, to maintain the 'mystery' around this case will be revealed. For the moment we will have to continue watching journalists and crime experts continue to make giant asses of themselves because they are too lazy or too stupid to read beyond the press releases handed to them to by spin doctors.
Will the collective excuse be naivety? Wails in the night of 'how could I have been that stupid?' And, we hope, 'why did I think it was alright to leave babies and toddlers on their own'. Or maybe, 'why did I scold those who pointed out how dangerous it was'? I'm playing of course. It's more likely to be the fault of the plebs, at least they [the 'PLUs'] didn't think badly of Gerry and Kate, just because they had a nice house and room for a pony.
If there were any justice in the world, and if the case of missing Madeleine was not so small in the whole scheme of things, there would be a Public Inquiry. Questions like, why was the British Prime Minister interfering in a criminal investigation in Portugal? Who gave the order for the Portuguese police to treat the parents with kid gloves? Why did the MSM take over protecting the McCanns when the Government stepped back?
I'm not going to ask questions of this present government, for the moment, I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt. Not because they are the good guys, but because their hands are clean. It wasn't they, or their Consuls asking the PJ to go easy on the Brits. David Cameron had a good relationship with the Portuguese, and his inner imperialist would feel a sense of duty to put right the wrongs of his socialist predecessors.
Operation Grange is entering it's seventh (?) year, and is said to end in March 2018. They have of course kept their options open, but 'another lead' is already sounding pretty thin over decade on. Had there been an abduction option, I think it would have closed long ago. Unfortunately, this was a puzzle with the main framework in place - only the truth will fit.